Michael Lutz and Murray Davison are vinyl afficianados. Each has a huge record collection and an equally huge vault of knowledge about music. But they do not collect the same artists. For a discussion of the effect of changing technology on music, and a chance to hear some of their favourite songs, let Mike and Murray turn the tables here on the well-named Art Waves #45. Topics: record collecting, vinyl, music, genres, technology and music
Record collectors Mike Lutz and Murray Davison paid a second visit to Art Waves. This time they concentrated on the revival of English Folk Music in the second half of the 20th century. It's always fun to spin some old platters with Mike and Murray! Topics: folk music, folk revival, English folk-inspired rock music
This is an interview with musician and organizer, Dan Medakovic, about the 2008 Design Hope fundraiser for the homeless. It features great music and very moving stories. Topics: fundraiser, homeless, shelter, music, art
Versatile musicians Bob Shields and Adam Fielding joined us on Art Waves to help launch their new CD, A Road Forgotten. (Their partner, Clark Johnston, was unable to join them.) How can you play a song that follows two different beats at once? Listen, learn and luxuriate to this beautiful, original music, and to two of the three people behind it. Topics: rhythm, jazz, songwriting, instrumental music
Leonore Bonham has been playing and teaching piano all her life, so when her first great grandchild was born, she decided to make her a gift of music. Using lullabyes and songs her own mother had cut out of the newspaper in the first half of the 20th century, as well as the talent of family and friends, she recorded a CD for the baby. Leonore called it A Swarm of Lullabees and she tells Art Waves all about it in this Mothers Day episode that will leave you humming. Topics: piano music, lullabyes, mothers day
The night before retiring from the award-winning independent bookstore he founded 22 creative and productive years ago, Bryan Prince found time to come in to the Art Waves studio and tell us about the career from which he is retiring--oops, make that "repurposing"--and the life he's embarking upon. Bryan's passion for books is balanced by his passions for music and for community. His storytelling is hilarious and moving. Sweet Prince, indeed. Topics: independent bookselling, retirement, music, community
Renowned singer, painter and MAD Camp director Jude Johnson comes by the indi 101 studio to sing and talk and laugh and just generally wrap you around her little finger. Listen and be delighted! Topics: voice, music, painting, Jackie Washington
World renowned classical pianist Valerie Tryon graces Art Waves with her warmth, telling stories about her life on stage. Tune in to find out what she loves about each of the great composers. Topics: classical music, concert pianist, memory
The wonderfully named tenor and choral conductor, David Holler, came by to talk about his work, and specifically about his upcoming Christmas concert with the Mohawk Singers. Topics: choral music, tenor, conducting, choir, Christmas concert
Jimmy and Ligia Van Rosi hail from Kenya originally and they have teamed up to form the Kenyan Dance Band duo that will set your toes tapping. They stopped by Art Waves to celebrate the launch of their first CD, Kenya Nchi Yetu: Van Rosi sing 15 Kiswahili Classics. Topics: Kenyan music, Kiswahili classics, dance band
Imagine a scene edited from Gladiator in which throngs of pelt-wearing warriors shout across the open sea: Tor! Tor! Tor! Tor! Such a thing is completely believable after a conversation with artist and singer/song-writer Tor Lukasic Foss. As Tiny Bill Cody, Tor blends intellectual angst with the musical brilliance that won him the Male Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2009 Hamilton Music Awards. But he is equally lauded as a visual artist. His energy, his humility and his talent filled the... Topics: angst, song-writing, live music, lyrics
When Art Waves host, Bernadette Rule, heard her dentist say he had danced and played with the Chieftains, the Fureys and other great Irish bands, it was a good thing her mouth was already open wide! She immediately snagged said dentist, Brian Grant, with his own dental floss and made him promise to come and help Art Waves celebrate St. Patrick's Day. And celebrate he did, with wonderful stories of Irish dancing and music. Topics: Irish dancing, St. Patrick's Day, Celtic music
It was a game of Where is Waldo when Art Waves guest, singer/songwriter Martin Rouleau arrived at Mohawk College just as the Hamilton Music Awards were gearing up. Security could not help, since there were about 50 people in the lobby matching our description of an artsy looking guy with long hair carrying a guitar. But he found us just in time, and gave us a wonderful hour of conversation and live music, saved on this podcast just for you. Topics: singer/songwriter, music, folk, rock, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, live music
Who better to help us celebrate Robbie Burns Day than harper and Celtic singer Ruth Sutherland? Though she was fully prepared to play live for us, the weather proved a trifle cold for her harp. (It was more like Robbie Brrrrrs Day!) So she brought in her award-winning CDs instead, but she did start us off with a live a cappella rendition of MacCrimmon's Lament. So rrroll up your r's and your argyle socks and let the beautiful words and music of Ruth Sutherland warm you right through. Topics: Celtic music, Robbie Burns Day, harper, Scantily Plaid, traditional music, folk
The Art Waves studio was packed to capacity when 12 members of the Canadian Martyrs Folk Choir thronged in to give us a live concert of some of their favourite Christmas carols. Here they come a wassailing! Topics: Christmas hymns, choral music, Canadian Martyrs Folk Choir
David Holler, the conductor and artistic director of the Mohawk College Singers, returns to Art Waves for a second year to unwrap the gorgeous Christmas concert he has prepared for 2009. His infectious enthusiasm and musical talent make for great conversation. Topics: Mohawk Singers, choral music, choral conducting, tenor, Christmas concert
For decades, Steve Fuller has been delighting crowds at festivals, dances and peace walks with his beautiful fiddling. Art Waves invited him to come and play for us on the radio, and tell us how he filled his treasure chest of songs, both traditional and contemporary. Tune in! You might just find yourself tuning up as well--or dancing--to Steve's beautiful playing. Topics: fiddling, traditional music, song-writing, violin vs fiddle, violin restoration
Beloved singer and guitarist Jackie Washington died on June 27th, 2009. On the first anniversary of his death, Art Waves invited his friend and biographer Jim Strecker to help us remember this man whose music we will never forget. Topics: lyrics, traditional music, novelty songs, African-Canadian heritage, Washington Brothers
Will Rueter is a book designer, printer and the proprietor of The Aliquando Press. When Art Waves invited him to tell us about book design, Will demonstrated his flawless design sense by bringing in musical examples to illustrate design concepts. Will Rueter may well be the perfect radio guest. Topics: book design, Aliquando Press, publishing, printing, classical music
En Route is a barbershop quartet composed of: Carol Shields, Barbara Hodge, Margaret Fielding and Kathy Withnell. They told us all about the art of harmonized a cappella singing, and then rang the Art Waves studio like a bell with their live voices. Topics: choral harmonizing, women's barbershop quartet, live music, a cappella
Steph Yates and Tyson Brimacombe are singer/songwriters who are committed to creating handmade music, staging house concerts and producing their own and other peoples' music from start to finish. They brought a trunk-load of instruments into the indi 101 studio and played live to give us a taste of their talent and commitment. It is a taste that blends the past and the future to make a wonderful present. Topics: independent music, house concerts, handmade music, cassettival, Homebody House Shows, Little Room...
David Holler, the effervescent conductor of the Mohawk College Community Choir, joins Art Waves for the third year in a row to bring us glad tidings of his 2010/2011 season of choral concerts, beginning with their Dec. 11th Christmas concert at St. Paul's Church in Dundas. Hallelujia! Topics: choral music, conducting, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, John Rutter, Mohawk College Community Choir
Country music never particularly appealed to me until I began taking line-dancing lessons from Doug Downey. Not only is Doug a gifted teacher, but his wife Linda choreographs line-dances. Join us for a stimulating and fun conversation about grapevines and sailor steps and all things line-dancing! This is a long overdue podcast as the program first aired in Feb. of 2009. Technical difficulties meant considerable editing, and Doug and Linda even re-recorded parts of the interview. The information... Topics: linedancing, country music, choreography, traditional, "The Drinkin Bone Boogie",...
Two of the four members of the East Coast-inspired band, Uncorked, filled the indi101 studio this week with terrific live music. And though we teased them about being "Half Corked" there was nothing incomplete about the energy and commitment they brought to their music. For a rollicking hour of entertainment and conversation, tune in to this episode of Art Waves. Topics: Uncorked, East Coast-inspired music, Coach & Lantern, Donnelly's Irish Pub, Valleytown...
Singer, song-writer Juanita Wilkins lends her strong voice to Art Waves for a conversation about inspiration and music. And we get to hear some of her songs as well! Topics: singer/songwriter, music, making a CD, inspiration, rural and small town life
Art Waves is followed every Sunday night by the all women's music program, Broadbanned, hosted by Patty Wacks and Alyssa Nicole, two members of the punk band, Rackula. This week we asked them to come in an hour early and be our guests. They did, joined by Rackula's rhythm guitarist, Molly Darling. Unfortunately, Lindsay "LC", their bass guitarist was unable to be there. For an inspiring insight into why feminism is still vital, listen to the women of Rackula. Topics: feminism, sexism, punk music, Broadbanned, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Riot Girls, The Shirelles,...
Judith Sandiford and Ron Weihs learned how to roll with the punches while running the Artword Theatre in downtown Toronto. That skill came in handy when developers bought their theatre space and told them to exit stage left within four months. After a diligent search for a new home they chose Hamilton for its burgeoning art scene, and have started the Artword Artbar in the James St. North district. Part gallery, bar, cafe and stage, the new venture has proven worthy of this amazingly creative... Topics: artbar, live music, visual art, theatre, J.P. Riemens, Kori Pop, Boo Watson
Artist and arts organizer Annette Paiement presents the legendary singer of Mozambique, Wazimbo, in a fascinating hour full of the kind of music that has made "world music" so popular in recent years. Through Matapa, an arts organization founded by Annette with Filimone Mabjaia, Wazimbo is the first of many Mozambiquan and Canadian artists who will bridge the two cultures. The music of Wazimbo will have you smiling and dancing even as it probes your soul. Topics: Marrabenta music, Matapa Music & Arts Organization, Super Crawl, Tich Maredza Band, The...
Painter Harland Izatt made his living teaching visual art. However in his retirement, inspired by his wife, writer Lise Levesque, he began writing novels. His first, Soft Targets, is set in Bali against the backdrop of the Bali bombings of 2002. Since then he has written three more novels, each told around a real-life news event. Izatt writes under the pen name Harland John. Pull up a chair and learn more about how to turn the news into art. Topics: Bali bombings, dyslexia, Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Grant Ave. Studios, Robin Aube, Stephen...
H.V. Morton is said by some to have invented the very concept of travel writing and, though he died in 1979, his books are still being reissued and widely read today. Poet Stan White has taken a step beyond being influenced by Morton. He has begun to carve poems out of the very poetic prose of the man he fondly calls HVM. To test your ear on the difference between prose and poetry, tune in to Stan White's seventh visit to Art Waves. Topics: the H.V. Morton Society, Peter Devenish, Niall Taylor, David Weiss, saw music, King Tut's tomb,...
Listening starts by hearing silence, says cellist Rachel Mercer, a woman as complex as a Beethoven string quartet. She plays solo, in the Mercer-Park Duo, the Mercer-Oh Trio, the Ensemble Made in Canada quartet, and groups of every size, right up to symphony orchestras. She also teaches at the U. of T. and is the artistic director of 5 at the First chamber music series. Mercer current plays the 1769 Joannes Guillami Filius Cello from the Canada Council's Musical Instrument Bank. Listen. Topics: Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, 1769 Joannes Guillami Filius Cello, Denis...
Mimi Shaw and Jeff Rosnick of the rockabilly group The Highnote Ramblers fill the Art Waves studio with high lonesome energy as they give us a live concert of covers and original music that will make you sit up and beg for more. Topics: rockabilly, Imelda May, Sun Records, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, The Carter Family, Brian...
What is happening when mothers all over the globe lean over infants and chant hello to them in that way that some people find annoying? A lot, as it turns out. Tune in to Art Waves and find out why sing-song should be freed from its status as a dirty word. Passionate music teacher John Picone has eloquent explanations of the various effects of music on the brain that will rock your world! Topics: development, language acquisition, music lessons, coordination, teamwork
Art Waves host Bernadette Rule and special guest Carys Ryan present two hours of their favourite Christmas music, secular and divine. But the best laid tracks of mice and women gang oft agley and gang agley they did! Tune in for a hilarious romp as the devil in the machine keeps playing the wrong song and a merry time is had by all. Topics: Christmas carols, Mahalia Jackson, the Hail Mary, Ave Maria, secular Christmas music, favourites